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  • Melanie Albin PsyS. LMFT

COVID 19, Climate Change & focus on Racism can be the catalysts to make the world a better place.

Updated: Jul 30, 2022

COVID 19 affects all of us around the world. Whether we experience the devastating affect of losing a loved one, fighting or avoiding it, losing a job, income or a business, or being isolated from friends and family. #COVID19

It is difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. All our negativity is rising to the top. Even our children or grandchildren are showing us up with compassion and resolve to make our world a better place.

We currently live in a world entrenched in racism. Our failure is recognizing differences as being part of the tapestry of the universe. Whites historically and currently, are aggressive and arrogant. We fail to recognize the intellect and knowledge of other races. The English sailed to Africa, battled African Americans for their land and made them slaves. European's sail to America, and rather than respecting and learning from the indigenous people that were there first, they fight and kill Native Americans and steal their land forcing them into poverty. The English captured and tore African Americans from their families and country and shipped them to England and America and made them slaves. Our culture has encouraged and allowed mistreatment of any race that is different. And our culture has allowed police to mistreat races on our streets. We need to stop prejudice of any kind. #racism #blacklivesmatter

Rather than respecting and seeing the intelligence in nature, we wreck our natural habitat. Without regard for animals welfare, we take them out of their natural habitat and enclose them in small places so we can see them. We hunt animals for sport or for money. Some mistreat animals watching them fight to the death. Some watch while dogs or horses race for sport and money.

We continue to destroy the earth from pollution, garbage and toxic waste. We do not understand the balance of nature. All the answers we seek are in nature. We fail to recognize the intelligence of nature and the intelligence in animals which we could have learned from Native Americans. If we would have lived along side and respected, cooperated and learned from indigenous people in America, we could be living in a peaceful and much more evolved America. We fight each other for land and resources, for religion and for domination. Rather than learning from our differences we become enemies.

Our world has been unsuccessful at modeling humane treatment of animals and people. We distribute guns to our youth. We let our youth play sports that break bones and cause brain trauma. We watch men fight and look on while they hurt each other not unlike ancient cultures that watched and cheered them on while they fought to their death. We continue to purchase diamonds despite the fact they are collected by African Americans that are enslaved and abused and that get no share in the profit. We need to put an end to all the corrupt behavior that exists.

We continue to make and view violence in movies, TV series and news broadcast. This viewing serves to model and give thoughts to people that follow in action. It serves to increase violence in our communities.

Our culture has allowed abuse of women and children. We allow women to be stolen or misrepresented to come to America only to be forced into pornography. In order to stop violence in the streets we have to stop violence in our homes. We need to educate our children, new mothers and fathers what constitutes physical and emotional abuse. We need to teach positive interactive skills. We need to speak up when we see or experience abuse. Speak out if you see or experience abuse by police, by a partner, see abuse especially of children or see or experience abuse in the work place.

What can we do to make the world a better place?

Do what you can to model conscious acts of kindness to others.

Support a government that will cooperate not compete. We need to cooperate not compete with other people and other countries. COVID 19 gives us the opportunity to cooperate with other countries around the world for solutions. #Covid19 Climate change gives us another opportunity to cooperate with other countries for solutions that will benefit our planet. Until we are aware of how we impact our worlds ecosystem, we will have weather disturbances that cause loss of property and life. All the answers we seek are in nature. #climatechange

We need to right past wrongs. #blacklivesmatter Over the globe, we have to stop all our inhumane and unequal treatment of races. Everywhere we need to acknowledge our history of prejudice, stop it and make amends. For example, from now on, African Americans and Native Americans get free education for elementary, middle and high school and college including graduate schools in the college of their choice. Since we displaced their homes free upscale housing in the place of their choice should be given to them.

Recycle. We do not need to reinvent solutions. We can learn from other countries, for example, like Holland who is more successful at limiting waste and are way ahead of America in recycling.

Respect and learn from animals and nature in their own habitat. Do not destroy their natural habitat across the world. Do not cut down trees. Plant trees.

We allow religion to divide us. Religions have more in common than they have differences. Share land. Stop killing your sons and daughters. It is another way we maintain prejudice verses coming together to solve problems like world hunger or homelessness.

Hunger and homelessness should not exist if we work together to distribute the worlds resources. I see glimpses of hope with the cooperation in the COVID 19 crisis of farmers and restaurants coming together with government funding to feed struggling families. It is a start that could be extended. How much food goes to waste while we have people starving? If we cooperated, we can grow and ship food where it is needed. We can work to provide the world's resources to eradicate poverty and homelessness. We can allocate resources to build homes for everyone. Our resources are limitless. Couldn't we provide resources to feed, clothe, educate or provide mental health resources that will enable every person to live with dignity and honor.

I am sure others of you have idea's. Please contribute them on this blog. We need to use all of our strengths, gifts and talents to make the world a better place.#maketheworldabetterplace

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